theisti (3480) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Rating #2,000. 12 oz bottle sent to me by my 2010 Winter Secret Santa. Bottled on MAR Week 3 according to notches on the label. Pour is black with a nice khaki one inch head that is quite lasting. Some nice carbonation bubbles stream up the slide of the glass. The aroma is fire ember smoky, along with a soft roastiness. The smoke and roast play together nicely to form a very soft smoke - subtle, but also present. Really clean. The taste follows the nose, integrated roast and dying fire smokiness, along with a bit of sweetness near the finish. The alcohol is also present in the dry chalky finish. The taste is not quite as clean as the nose, though it is really nicely balanced between the smoke and Porter elements. The palate is medium bodied, with gentle fine carbonation. The aforementioned sweetness through the finish detracts a bit, but still a really nicely constructed beer. Thanks for sending this one my way Phil!
A quick note about why I chose this beer for #2,000. This beer represents much of what I have learned and enjoyed at ratebeer. This is a style of beer (smoked) I knew pretty much nothing about brewed by a brewer (Yazoo) I had never heard of obtained through a means (trading / Secret Santa - thanks Phil!) I would have never dreamt of. I even drank it out of a glass I would never have seen without this site (Duvel mini tulip, thanks Eugene!). In short, this is a tribute to all the great knowledge I have acquired on this site, as well as the great people I have met. This oneís for my Kansas City crew, the great ratebeer folk down in Houston, and all my great ratebeer friends out in Seattle. Further, big thanks to the folks I have traded with and the admins that work tirelessly keeping this site great. Finally, thanks to Joe for making this site what it is. Like all the great spots in the world, itís not perfect - but itís got character and I have a lot of fun hanging out here.
bleeng (1579) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Black with a tan head . Nose is very malty with a nice smoke aroma. Taste is sweet, very burnt malts, with an alcohol presence and thick rich body. Delicious.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Poured opaque black with a medium brownish tan head. Aroma: licorice, roasted malts, notes of chocolate and faint smoke. Taste: roasted malts, licorice, smoke, nuts, chocolate... shadows of fruit and booze. Smoke and chocolate come out much more as the beer warms. Smooth mouthfeel, mild stickiness. Medium/full body, great depth, very balanced. Overall a fantastic Smoked Porter. Excellent job with this brew.
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 12 oz bottle, week 3, August. Dark brown with a pocked tan head. Nose is sour smoke and bitter chocolate. Medium body with a tingle and a sharp tang. Taste is red wine and chocolate syrup finishing with oily smoke and green plum. Hints of what seems like a nice brew. I was warned this batch was infected, and likely so but not undrinkable, reminding me of the SFTOís. Need to try a good one. 6/3/5/3/15. 11/21/10 - A fresh bottle from early November. Nose is chocolate, coffee and light smoke. Taste is rich and roasty with chocolate, licorice and bitter smoke. A well-rounded porter with just enough smoke to add some character.
Ibrew2or3 (7498) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to jcwattsrugger for giving me this 12oz beauty. Thanks John. It pours deep darkness with weak tan head. The aroma is full with dark roasted malts and firm smokiness mixing with molasses, black licorice, a hint of chocolate and a sense of Alderwood smoked salmon. Interesting and enjoyable aroma. The taste begins with dark roasted malts, smooth smokiness and sweet molasses. It then turns only a touch ashy mixed with Alderwood smoked salmon before the finish unleashes chocolate and caramel into the fray. The after taste has rigid layers of smokiness coupled with a modest amount of a chocolaty velvet mouth feel. Yummy smoke forward brew.
drowland (6872) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11/5/10. Thanks, lithy! Shared by me at S3. Big campfire/jerky/meaty aroma that transfers into the flavor with a big sweet candy in there as well. Pretty nice!
nearbeer (4176) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 12 oz, big thanks to Lithy! Bottled the 3rd week of March 2010. Black with a small ring of bubbles that tries. Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel, smoke and berries. Medium body is sweet and nearly sticky, but swept off the tongue nicely by the charry roast and smoke on the finish. Nearly becomes frothy with a bit much carbonation at times. Front is chocolate berry, turning to charred wood, then to the darkest espresso/mocha, with some cream and a hint of piquant green herb. Near the end of the bottle, it all blends into a nice mocha/almond espresso and charred, salty driftwood flavor.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, marked as bottled in August (Iím assuming 2010), so itís just a couple months old. The body is pitch black at first glance, showing some mahogany translucency when strongly backlit. A small head of bubbly beige froth settles quickly to a thin but lasting blanket, leaving full, hard swaths and broken cobwebs of lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet, smoky, and fruity, suggesting notes of chocolate covered cherries and truffles with smoked, salted almonds. Thereís definitely some burnt caramel in there, along with traces of lactose. Flavors follow suit, very caramel-centric and heavy on dried cocoa. The cherrywood lends a uniquely sweet and fruity smoke component that is completely different than what Iím used to with smoked brews. Thereís a bit of roast and some coffee, bringing a semblance of balance, though it remains largely a sweet porter. Again, there is a lightly salty nuttiness that comes through on the finish and lingers, along with some dried fruits. The palate is a little thinner than Iíd care for, and the carbonation is a little overly active and scratchy, but it is passable. Overall, itís a unique and tasty brew, but Iíd prefer a little less sweetness and some more body. Good brew.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shit this beer is awful, nose is cheese and beer farts, taste is cheap liquid smoke and cow dung.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2011 Re-review. Turns out the first bottles of this I had was from an infected batch. I had it before the infection really took off but it would explain the lactic quality I was picking up.
12oz bottled 2nd week of November 2010. Served at cellar temperature. Pours dark brown/black with a large light brown head that leaves lots of lacing, slowly recedes to a wispy cap and ring. Aroma is quite smoky with a lot of campfire and charred wood as well as smoked ham/bacon, also some chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a touch of dark fruit and anise, very good strength. Flavor is smoky and chocolaty, smoked ham and bacon, campfire, charred wood, chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit, noticeable alcohol on the finish but is integrated well (diminishes quickly with age as this 3 month old bottle has little to no alcohol). Huge flavor, lingering finish, semi-sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation at times prickly. Ahhh very nice, no lactic qualities like the first go-round. Also enjoyed a Fade to Black Vol. 2 tonight and like them both a lot. Each is unique in their smoky qualities, this one more as a straight-up smoked brew. Very tasty and enjoyable.
12oz bottled 3rd or 4th week of August 2010. Served at around 55-60F. Pours very dark brown/black with a fizzy and foamy two finger light brown head that fades quickly to a light cap and ring and leaves only a few spots of lacing. I notice some white specks of sediment collecting at the bottom of the glass. Smoky aroma of both wood and meat, bacon/ham, a lot of chocolate, and a strong lactic quality, a lot like cottage cheese, which I wasnít expecting at all, but it blends nicely with the smoke and I find myself quite enjoying the aroma. Flavor of smoked ham and bacon, some chocolate and roasted malts, a lactic sourness, a good deal of sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is absent. Smoke is stronger on the tongue than the nose. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, somewhat creamy, medium carbonation. Interesting for sure, Iím only beginning to dabble in smoked beers and this is the smokiest Iíve had yet, although Iím not a big fan of the lactic nature of this one (or any sweet/milk stouts in general). Iím getting more of a Smoked Sweet/Milk Stout than Smoked Porter, FWIW...
Aroma 8, Appearance 3, Taste 7, Palate 4, Overall 16, Score 3.8